Happiest Season focuses largely on a same-sex couple Abby and Harper, played by Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis respectively. When they head to the latter family’s home for the holidays, it’s revealed that she’s yet to come out to her loved ones. All sorts of hijinks ensue, including Abby and her gay best friend John (Dan Levy) posing as a couple. I had the chance to visit the set of Happiest Season last February, where Kristen Stewart revealed how she instantly fell in love with Levy when filming. As she put it,
Zack Snyder’s Justice League will also stand out for all the new characters it’s throwing in, including Darkseid, Martian Manhunter, Iris West, Ryan Choi, The Joker and Cyborg’s mother Elinore Stone, played by Karen Bryson. Because the theatrical Justice League already occupies a place in the main DCEU continuity, Zack Snyder has said his movie operates in an “Elseworld” universe. So depending on the Snyder Cut is received, perhaps we could see more stories set in this continuity, including a direct sequel.
In Amazon Prime Video’s Borat 2, a.k.a. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Sacha Baron Cohen travels the United States playing the character Borat and meets real people on his journey, whether that be a cake decorator at a bakery or a babysitter taking care of his daughter Tutar. In this case, Tutar’s babysitter, Jeanise Jones, shared with Bleeding Cool how she was cast in Borat 2 in the first place. Here’s what Jeanise Jones had to say:
Whether we’re actually looking at Tom Holland and Zendaya in this scene, or a pair of stuntpeople, is impossible to tell at this distance, especially since one is in full costume. But either way, this is exactly the sort of thing we have come to expect from a Spider-Man movie, and it’s just good to see the production in full…swing right now. And hey, Spider-Man is always wearing a mask, so that’s putting safety first.
The movie centers on Kathryn Newton as Millie, a quiet high school girl with a couple of badass friends Nyla and Josh, played by Celeste O’Connor and Misha Osherovich. Her besties go through what the audience does during the body swap that leaves Millie in the body of Vince Vaughn’s Blissfield Butcher, thinking they’re going to die. At first, they are well aware that characters such as themselves are usually the first to go in the horror genre, with the funny line Osherovich repeated during our interview, but the actor feels as though it’s something that often rings true on film. In Freaky, the gay and Black best friends are not casualties in a major studio film! Yay, finally!
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The DC Extended Universe has had an interesting tenure in theaters, full of both peaks and valleys. The franchise had a rocky start, including some missteps with Justice League and Suicide Squad. But with the Snyder Cut becoming a reality over on HBO Max, some fans are hoping that David Ayer will get the same treatment for his villain-centric blockbuster. And now Margot Robbie herself has addressed this fan campaign.
Regardless, her most notable project right now is Songbird, the aforementioned Michael Bay-produced movie that also stars K.J. Appa, Bradley Whitford, Craig Robinson, Sofia Carson and Demi Moore. There’s already a trailer for that one given it has a December release date. However, Daddario isn’t in the trailer a ton, so the jury’s out on whether or not she’s wearing pants.
So, when are we going to let Simon Pegg direct more? Certainly, these days there probably aren’t a lot of opportunities, and the man is going to be busy for the foreseeable future acting in Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 under pandemic safety conditions, so he won’t have a lot of time in the near term, but if he’d like to get some more experience directing some television or a movie, he probably has the pull to make that happen, and his video certainly indicates he has the skill.
I think both of us realized, the night before we started shooting, we’d never really just done the guys. You know? [laughs] In all the rehearsals, and all of the script meetings, in all of our prep — Keanu and I, we would work together every weekend while we were in prep, and he came over on the Sunday before we started shooting on the Monday, and we were by ourselves. By then, the producers were like, ‘Geez, are they ever going to do it? Are they ever going to actually, like, do the guys?’ … And he looked and me, and I looked at him, and we were, ‘Alright, let’s just do the damn characters!’ So we spent that Sunday, for the first time really the day before shooting, just riffing on being Bill and Ted again. And it was really sweet.
Tick, Tick… Boom is based on a semi-autobiographical Broadway musical of the same name about Jonathan Larson, the playwright who wrote the beloved modern musical, Rent. The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield will play Larson and Vanessa Hudgens will play Karessa, who befriends him midway through the musical. The movie originally began filming in March before the COVID-19 lockdown shut them down. It resumed production in the fall and continues to be ongoing, though Hudgens recently finished up her own work on Tick, Tick… Boom.